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Definition of tempest:

  1. A fashionable assembly; a drum. See the Note under Drum, n., 4.
  2. An extensive current of wind, rushing with great velocity and violence, and commonly attended with rain, hail, or snow; a furious storm.
  3. Fig.: Any violent tumult or commotion; as, a political tempest; a tempest of war, or of the passions.
  4. To disturb as by a tempest.
  5. To storm.


violent storm, typhoon, disturbance, agitation, chaos, turmoil, tumult.

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